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Dulquer Salmaan's Kurup Brings Malayalam Film Industry Back To Its Strong Feet After Record Opening

Dulquer Salmaan's Kurup Brings Malayalam Film Industry Back To Its Strong Feet After Record Opening

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Kochi, November 13 - If there is one particular Indian film industry that has been hit badly by the covid-19 pandemic as compared to the others, is the Malayalam film industry. The exhibitors and distributors of Kerala, however, have reasons to be disappointed with Malayalam filmmakers too, who continue to bypass theatrical releases in order to go the digital way.

While many top Malayalam stars including Mohanlal, Prithviraj Sukumaran, and Fahadh Faasil among others have released their films directly on OTT platforms, Dulquer Salmaan waited for nearly a year to release his biographical-crime thriller film, "Kurup" in theaters. Based on the fugitive Sukumara Kurup, the film is produced by Salmaan himself under his banner Wayfarer Films in association with M Star Entertainments.

The Kerala theater owners and distributors welcomed Salmaan's decision wholeheartedly and decided to give a maximum number of screens in the state as a mark of their gratitude. Salmaan enjoys a loyal fan-following among the Malayalam audiences and his "Kurup" was one of the most-awaited films. Released on November 12, "Kurup" is Malayalam industries' best foot forward to revive the industry and it hasn't disappointed at all.

Directed by Srinath Rajendran, "Kurup" shattered box office records on an opening day in Kerala as well as overseas box office. It opened with a record ₹ 4.70 crores net for the Malayalam language and ₹ 90 lakhs for the other languages. Overseas, "Kurup" grossed ₹ 11.80 crores on an opening day, including ₹ 6.75 crores in the UAE alone, which is the biggest overseas start for a Malayalam film.

The day 2 box office numbers for "Kurup" are also estimated strong in India with a total of ₹ 6.6 crores gross. Kochi, the biggest market for a Malayalam film, contributed over ₹ 1.10 crores to the total collection in the first two days, which is a great showing, especially knowing the fact that only a 50% seating cap is allowed in Kerala.

Moreover, "Kurup" has brought the Malayalam film industry back to its strong feet after nearly one and a half years. "Kurup", which also stars Indrajith Sukumaran, Sobhita Dhulipala, Shine Tom Chacko, and Sunny Wayne among others, is one of the first titles lined up to release in the coming months, including the biggest Malayalam film "Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea", starring superstar Mohanlal. The award-winning film is scheduled to release on December 2, and in all likelihood, it could be the biggest blockbuster of Malayalam cinema.

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